Natalie has charming roots in the winter holiday season, but you don’t have to expect a daughter at Christmastime to love it. It has a bright and modern –ie ending, as well as a trendy nickname, Nat. In Russia, it’s customary for girls born at Christmastime to be named Natalia or Natasha. It’s thought that the name was adopted by the French when Diaghilev’s Ballets Russes came to Paris in 1909. The French spell the name with a silent h: Nathalie, which then spread to the English-speaking world. Popular actresses who bear the name include Natalie Portman, Natalie Dormer and Natalie Wood.

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